Flagstaff, AZ Head On Crash Kills Five, Apr 1996
5 KILLED, 3 HURT IN HEAD-ON CRASH NEAR FLAGSTAFF; FATIGUE BLAMED.
Five people were killed Tuesday in a head-on collision in northern Arizona that authorities suspect was caused by driver fatigue.
The state Department of Public Safety said a compact car traveling south on Arizona 89 about 20 miles north of Flagstaff crossed the median and hit a minivan carrying five visitors from Virginia. Guard rails along the two-lane road limited the minivan driver's options for evasive action, the DPS said.
Killed were all three people in the compact:
Driver, VICKY HOSTEEN, 25;
her 3-month-old son, LIONEL NATHAN BENALLY;
and MAE ADAMS, 68, all of Cameron.
Neither HOSTEEN nor ADAMS was wearing a seatbelt, DPS Sgt. Dave Myers said. LIONEL was in a child-restraint seat, but it was undetermined whether it was properly buckled, Myers said.
The minivan's driver, JOHN MARSHALL, 70, was killed even though he was wearing a seatbelt and his air bag had deployed, the DPS Sgt. Dave Myers said.
Also killed was:
JUDY GILLIKIN, 51.
Three others, JUANITA McDONALD, 42; JEAN WOOD, 40, and DONALD GILLIKIN, 53, were hospitalized in Flagstaff. It was unknown whether the passengers were wearing seatbelts.
Arizona Republic Phoenix 1996-04-10